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on the wrong side of the Atlantic.The front line between the Soviet and
the Western civilisation will stretch across Europe and will mark the
frontier of the British market on the East,, for only the free countries
will be able to buy British goods. On the West., Great Britain could
hardly expect to compete with American industry.
Since British political thought still lay in the realms of the " deter-
mination that no one country should dominate Europe ..." and <c it is
too big for any nation to succeed in doing that " as Eden had considered
during the Crimean Debate, Churchill saw no other issue than to agree
with Roosevelt and Stalin at Teheran, and to surrender . . . uncon-
ditionally. By his agreement with the plan for a total defeat of Germany,
by the destruction of her defensive power as well, and above all by his
connivance with the supremacy of the other totalitarian Power in Europe,
Churchill abandoned those vital principles which British policy had
upheld throughout the centuries, from the days of Drake and the Spanish
Armada. He had renounced his vision of securing Britain through a
League of Europe. How far the British Government, stunned by the
unexpected turn of events, was from reality could be seen by the fact
that on April 21, 1944, the British Premier, after his return from Teheran,
pondering aloud in the House, was still asking himself rather than his
audience :—
" Should we draw closer to Europe—there is another question, an aim
at creating under the Supreme World Council, a living union, an entity
in Europe, a United States of Europe ? Or, again, should we concentrate
upon our own Imperial and Commonwealth organisation, or upon our
fraternal association with the United States, and put our trust in the
English Channel, in air power and in sea power ? "
When these words were uttered the possibility of creating a United
States of Europe, owing to the activities of the Soviets, had already
disappeared, no doubt for some considerable time. Britain, with her
lack of any constructive policy, with her wavering from one episode to
another was already being pulled helplessly in the wake, first of the
Soviets* policy, and then of the United States. The appeasement of
Russia with regard to the Continent, undertaken by Churchill's Govern-
ment for the benefit of the Kremlin's designs, was shortly afterwards to
prove not only useless but clearly injurious for England. History will
find it hard to justify the manoeuvres of the British Government of that
time, who helped the potential foe of the Western World establish his
power over a vast section of it.
Looking back over history, some optimists, seeking comfort in
comparisons, might well say that the European peace lasted for over one
hundred years on the dead body of the Polish Commonwealth; on this
assumption therefore, an even longer period of peace might be expected
by satiating the Soviet greed with the large portion comprising of her ten
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